Mark A. Eirich

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This Southern Scholars research project developed requirements for keyboarding instruction software to be used in the elementary classroom. The project was undertaken on the premise that the teachers in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference1 are not satisfied with any currently existing keyboarding instruction software, and that software better suited to the classroom could be designed. Methods used to gather data included: a literature review on keyboarding instruction methods, a summary review of existing keyboarding software interviews with teachers and school staff, and a survey of elementary teachers to evaluate their current situation and identify the software features they consider most important. These data were used to produce formal requirements documentation to aid in the development of new software or to evaluate existing software. Findings revealed that schools using Microsoft Windows have a number of quality keyboarding programs to choose from, while schools using Linux have extremely few. Recommendations were made for the development of a new product and for further research of instruction methodology.